|HALEY PETERS (GErry Broome/AP Photo)|
Duke’s players didn’t let anything—not the sight of blood gushing from the mouth yet another injured starter nor the second-half comeback from their fiercest rival—keep them from claiming sole possession of the ACC regular-season championship.
Tricia Liston scored 15 points to help the seventh-ranked Blue Devils beat rival North Carolina 69-63 on Sunday, clinching the ACC crown outright while giving fifth-year coach Joanne P. McCallie her first road victory in the rivalry.
Freshman Elizabeth Williams added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (24-4, 15-1 ACC), who had already clinched the top seed in this week’s league tournament in Greensboro.
It didn’t come easily. Facing a team they had beaten by 40 points earlier this month, the Blue Devils blew most of a 17-point lead in the final 13 minutes before holding hold off the Tar Heels (19-10, 9-7) in the final minute.